Hawley, Sikand top runners at cross country meet

Westfield Technical Academy sophomore runner Kailyn Hawley finishes first overall in a girls cross country race against St. Mary’s and Westfield Technical Academy Tuesday. (MARC ST.ONGE/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

SOUTHWICK – New course? No problem.
Westfield Technical Academy girls cross country sophomore runner Kailyn Hawley finished with a record-setting first place time of 23:11 on Southwick’s new 3.0 mile course Tuesday.
Although it has been a short high school career for Hawley, she is already beginning to compile a nice list of accolades. Last year, Hawley set the course record at Smith Academy.
Hawley excelled on Southwick’s course by immediately mastering the hills. “I actually pushed myself more uphill,” she said. “I take it slower on the flats.”
When Hawley went up the hill for the second time Tuesday, she entered the woods alone. She cruised unchallenged to the finish line.
Southwick claimed the next three spots with juniors Elleigh Sanctuary and Kayla Crosier finishing second and third, respectively, in 24:10 and 25:28. Rams’ senior Ruby Francis was fourth in 26:16.
Overall, Southwick won the race, 22-38.

Southwick 29, Westfield Technical Academy 30

Southwick sophomore Nicholos Sikand finished first for the second time this season, completing Tuesday’s race against Westfield Technical Academy and St. Mary’s in 21:02.

Southwick sophomore Nicholos Sikand wins Tuesday’s boys cross country race against Westfield Technical Academy and St. Mary’s. (MARC ST.ONGE/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

Sikand led the pack of runners from start to finish, running alongside eighth grade teammate Jess Petschke until the very last three seconds.
“I looked over my shoulder once (during the race) and they were pretty close,” Sikand said about the other runers. “I didn’t look over again until a far ways down the end. When I saw no one else to be found, I kept pushing it. I was still trying to beat my friend, Jess.”
Petschke finished runner-up in 21:05. Southwick senior Seth Doe took third in 21:58. James Thibault finished first for Westfield Tech in 22:00.
“It was a great day to run,” Westfield Technical Academy High School boys cross country coach Ralph Figy said. “It was a new course that was very user-friendly. We were so happy to be here.”

Minnechaug 25, Westfield 32; Amherst 15, Minnechaug 47
Antonio Phaneuf finished first for Westfield, crossing the finish line in fourth place (18:03). Antonio’s brother, Andre, followed in 19:35. Nick Krawiec (19:58), Walter Ninotti (20:34) and Ryan Charland (22:17) rounded out the Bombers’ top five.
Westfield next races at the Ted Dutkiewicz Memorial Invitational meet Saturday morning.

Samoylenko’s header lifts Bombers
Westfield 1, Mount Greylock 0

Vitaliy Samoylenko scored a header off a corner kick from Shea Byrnes to propel Westfield past Mount Greylock. Bombers goalie Aiden Van Oostveen made four saves for the shutout.
Westfield returns to action Thursday at home against Pope Francis. Game time is 4 p.m.

Tigers chase Red Raiders
Westfield Technical Academy 6, Commerce 1

Westfield Technical Academy senior Caitlen Carter scored off a corner kick from Mia Slack, who had two assists, and captain Allyssa Slack had an unassisted goal and an assist. Captain Rileigh Sagan had two goals for the Tigers. Iryna Shvyryd had two goals and an assist. Megan Maloney also had an assist.
“It was a tough first half for my girls,” Westfield Technical Academy girls soccer coach Lyle Washington said, “but they pulled it together and had a great second half.”
Westfield Tech returns to Springfield Friday to take on Putnam.

Goodreau day for the Saints
St. Mary’s 5, Greenfield 0

St. Mary’s sophomore Emma Goodreau recorded a hat trick and had an assist. Emma’s sister, senior Allie Goodreau scored one goal and had three assists.
“The thru ball was key, especially by Allie to her sister Emma as the ability to lead Emma in for tons of opportunities,” St. Mary’s girls soccer head coach Patrick Olearcek said.
Anna Puttick also struck for a St. Mary’s goal. Saints’ Amelia Willenborg made a successful return to goalie duties after suffering a pregame injury in the season opener. She pitched a shutout in net, and even chipped in with an assist on offense.
“Having Amelia back in net after missing the first game was huge,” coach Olearcek said. “You can see the confidence of everyone pick up knowing she’s back there. Add that along with Macy’s usual stellar play and it was a nice effort.”
Macy Woodger, Kailyn Cabrini, Lillian Nadler, and Audrey Burke combined to shut down some talented Greenfield strikers.
“It was just a well-played game,” coach Olearcek said. “The girls were aggressive and it paid off in a nice win on the road against a talented foe.”

Schabowski leads Bombers to victory
Westfield 159, Southwick 162

Westfield senior Anthony Schabowski shot a 2-over 37 to help Westfield (2-2) nip Southwick. Bombers’ Joey Calderella and Andrew Fuller both shot a 40. Rams’ Matthew Garrity, Andrew Morris, and Jesse Johnson finished with a 38, 39, and 40, respectively.
“It feels good (to beat Matthew),” Schawbowski said, “but it’s a friendly competition. The team win feels much better. We needed this one against Southwick. They are a great team.”
Schabowski’s birdie on the 14th hole proved to be the difference. He said the fact that his irons are starting to come around has led to his improvement.
“Our scores are slowly dropping,” Schabowski said. “I think we are going to be a great team this year. Some of the new kids are really starting to come out and show their personalities. Hopefully we will end the year strong.”

Tigers win fourth match in five tries
Westfield Technical Academy 14.5, Easthampton 9.5

Easthampton’s Tanner Kmetz shot a match-low 45 at East Mountain Country Club. Westfield Tech’s Evan Grant led his team with a 46. Ella Werbiskis shot her best round of golf this season, finishing with a 58 for the Tigers (4-1).

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